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Grateful Dead Live at Madison Square Garden on 1994-10-17


Topics Live concert


Midnight Hour, Peggy-O, Minglewood Blues, Tennessee Jed, Eternity*, Friend Of The Devil, Promised Land Eyes Of The World > Man Smart (Woman Smarter), Crazy Fingers > Estimated Prophet > Drums > Space > The Wheel > All Along The Watchtower > Morning Dew, E: Rainy Day Women #12 and #35**


Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Madison Square Garden
Location New York, NY

Source DSBD>DAT>CDR shn encoding by Dan Carr

Notes

DSBD>DAT>CDR shn encoding by Dan Carr

Reviews

Reviewer: TJ4295 - - October 19, 2011
Subject: My first Dead show
This was my first Dead show....and what a great time! I remember having a smile from ear to ear for the entire thing! Been hooked ever since!
Reviewer: Let's All Be Cheerful - - July 31, 2011
Subject: The Jed, The Watchtower>Dew
They faithfully observe the "don't screw up Watchtower while Dylan is sitting backstage" rule. It's a tight little firecracker. Dew is nice but threatens to drift until Vince refuels it towards the end. Jed is the best of a pretty good first set. Don't understand why people are doing cartwheels over the Eyes, you could drop 10 minutes and not notice the difference.
Reviewer: baltiboy - - February 25, 2011
Subject: for real
You people r freakin downers!!! Maybe if you werent concerned about what one else was doing you could "experience" the show.One of the most valuble things I walked away with from my Grateful Dead experience is that no matter what be yourself. Regaurdless of what this world throws at you stay true to yourself and you wont be lost (or hung up on other people and what they are doing). Im sure you heard the saying, I missed the beauty of the forest bucause i was focused on the ugliness of a single tree. The boys changed from year to year, sometimes for the bnetter some times not but they always showed up and gave us what they had at that moment. Dont take a year, a tour, a show, at set, a song, verse, line, word, riff, note, or that beautiful silence between notes for granted. We, or at least I was luckey to find the scene and experience it for what it was because there are few things in life like it and since Jerry passeed Ive found nothing that compares.Reagueardless of what happened once I was in that show and they played that first note and lifted me up until the last note of the show that gently placed my feet back on the ground I was there for nothing but the experience. And you could have been too if only you had let yourself.
Reviewer: Drew Stone To the Bone - - November 14, 2008
Subject: I thought the place was going to cave in!!!!
Over 150 shows between 78-95 and the encore of this show is one of my fondest memories. The Dead usually "rose to the occasion" at MSG and when Dylan came out with them for the encore (Drunk with his sunglases on) the place went nuts. The chorus was deafening with the whole place singing along. In retrospect, many years later it doesn't sound that great but "In the moment" at that time it was a blast.
Reviewer: dirty sancho - - October 18, 2007
Subject: Madison Sanchez
Fantastic sound for a '94 sbd! 2nd set is great, but 1st set lacks Energy... Midnite hour is great and reast of reviews are on par.
Reviewer: nick landess - - October 1, 2006
Subject: the whole day
I agree with the reviewer below who posted about teh whole show and the "weirdness" - I remember the eyes and looking at the rushing around with Jerry's broken string and thinking about how I had seen them change tweo strings on the fly in Vegas without the franticness coming off the stage like that.

At any rate, the Midnight Hour is notable - there was a great show in Detroit the summer before which had a ratehr lackluster version of the song, so it was nice that they came back with such a strong version on this night.

And Dylan's mike is not just low in the mix - it wasn't working, he backed off it and basically didn't sing into the mike for most, if not all, of the song. When the crowd piped in for the "Everybody must get stoned" refrain it was really pretty funny and served to release some of that weird tension in the air.

One other noteworthy thing about this night, and many who were there will probably remember this to some degree. I filed out of this show into an Irish sports bar across 7th avenue, and happened upon the 4th quarter of what was arguably the best Monday Night Football game of all time - the Broncos/Chiefs - Elway vs Montana game (it won the vote as the best a couple of years ago, even). It was a really strong Dead show, and an absolutely effing awesome MNF game - all in all a truly superb evening.
Reviewer: Armin Nikgol - - May 25, 2006
Subject: very good show
overall a very good show. One absolute highlight is the spanish jam/solo Jerry starts towards the end of crazy finger. Fantastic!
Reviewer: Dan Schreiber - - January 30, 2006
Subject: Morning Dew
I definitely agree with the previous post on the quality of the Dew at this show but... the second crescendo wasnt really on purpose. Jerry bumped his head a little on his mike when he looked up to sing the ending line and got a little lost for a second. defnitiely a funny little moment in a great show.
Reviewer: DavidGlasses - - January 18, 2006
Subject: A very potent Morning Dew on a spooky night
I have friends who saw the Dead from the 60's on. And across the board, they all favored Dead shows that exhibited "weirdness." Well, this show from the Fall '94 run at Madison Square Garden had a very distinct, slightly malevolent vibe throughout the night that stands completely apart from the other four shows I saw of that run. (I missed the Saturday night show, unfortunately; don't recall why). Anyway, this show was damn strong, except for an inexplicably sloppy Friend of the Devil (with Jerry flubbing some lyrics). The second set Eyes of the World, once it got running (after Jerry replaced his broken string), charged ahead very forecfully. And give a good listen to Jerry on Morning Dew. He belts the vocals very powerfully, and it's his soloing that drives the band to a second crescendo at the end of the song. Possibly Dylan's presence backstage accounts for the night's unusual vibe, but it was a "weird" evening from start to finish. And by the way, the Dylan encore was incredibly disappointing in one sense-- with Dylan's microphone not working. But the whole crowd slowly caught on to the song, and gleefully sang the "Everybody must get stoned" refrain-- which was fun. A very interesting show from '94.
Reviewer: Bill Roman - - December 10, 2005
Subject: Eternity!!!
Why didn't anyone below mention Eternity. That song Rocks! Very spooky and spacey. I really think this whole show is very good in both sound quality and "feeling".
Reviewer: StreaminDemon - - October 19, 2005
Subject: Magic Show
I gotta disagree with the review below. This Dew was one of the most dynamic Dews ever. First off I was there. You could here a pin drop during the middle part of Dew. The dynamics were awesome! They really mastered the sound in the Garden. It was like the music was in your head and not coming from the direction of the stage. Great Space too. This show was a reflection of the long strange trip. I swear Jerry was shedding a tear during Dew, just listen to the middle part before the eruption. Play it loud. The whole place had chills from that dew. I remember looking around after seeing people crying, i was too, the sound was awesome, crystal clear, listen to an audience recording of this show. Jerry wails on watchtower! It was a magic night. What makes parts of this show sound clunky are the drums. they are off in the mix. But i dont recall the drums issue live, just on the soundboard mix. The next night was dissapointing, lacking magic. Strange how the Dead could tap in one night and not the next. This night they were tapped in all night. Rare Heartfelt night. 5 Big Apples for this one!
Reviewer: steveCA - - September 3, 2005
Subject: DSBD
my 91st show. Love the sound! dylan is the greatest american poet.
take out the eternity and I'd give it a 5
Reviewer: Tennjed1972 - - August 7, 2005
Subject: Nice one
This show has a lot of character. The first set opens with Midnight Hour, a nice surprise -- not too long or flashy, but good fun as Bobby does his best Pigpen impression. The rest of the first set is pretty standard, featuring a solid Peggy-O and a high-energy Minglewood. The second set is very strong for the era. Almost every song is well played (I say "almost" because I thought Morning Dew was a bit subpar, both instrumentally and lyrically). Eyes is wonderfully long and Estimated is jammed out nicely, but the real highlight of the second set is the awesome Watchtower. It's not very long, but Jerry's guitar is fierce all the way through, the chords are powerful and Bobby's vocals are on fire. Just listen to him snarling "There are many here among us...."; not that it's such a big deal how he sings it, but you can tell the band is excited to be playing this with Dylan listening from backstage. Then came the unfortunate Dew let-down, which I mentioned, and then the Rainy Day Women encore, which is great fun (even though Dylan's voice is barely audible and, truth be told, the band is pretty uneven); you gotta love hearing the crowd singing the refrain (even though most of them were probably coming down at that point, eh?) This is a high quality SBD and a highly recommended show overall.
Reviewer: cdw - - July 10, 2005
Subject: best eyes of the post brent era
boston garden a few weeks before top notch 94 for me was the end of an era only if they would have taken a couple steps back and breathe......40 years though come n gone my o my thanks to all involved lma the second greatest thing on the internet
Reviewer: lobster12 - - April 12, 2005
Subject: eyes
nice eyes. Word has it jerry broke a string that's why it's so long. Eyes of the decade is tough to call but Charlotte 3/91 is tough to beat. At least some effort here. estimated is clunky and the wheel is kind of a mess. Not horrible by any means. good to see Midnight hour again. Can anyone hear Dylan? Is it me?
Reviewer: JRU - - March 10, 2005
Subject: TO THE POINT
I don't care which EYES was better. Just the quality of the download. Whith that said. This is a quality SBD, must download.
Reviewer: Melt into a dream - - January 4, 2005
Subject: One of the last good ones...
This was my last Dead show ever (after 50+) and was the best post 1991 show I saw (and believe me, I sat through many an east coast meatball from 92-95). I was first row in front of Phil this night and even got backstage between sets, where Phil was real social, chatting with fans about upcoming live releases.

The strength of this show is the entire second set. High energy, lots of emotion, and strong song selection (no new tunes). Opened with a super sweet, 25-minute Eyes with Mickey on congas and closed with an incredibly heart-felt Morning Dew which builds from a pin drop to a furious ending.

Bob Dylan came out for the encore (Rainy Day Women) which totally blew the mind of me and everyone in the Garden that night. The lyrics are a bit low in the mix, however.

Fond memories for me and perhaps enjoyment for you!
Reviewer: feellikeastranger - - August 22, 2004
Subject: EYES!!!RAINY DAY WOMEN!!
this was a great show. first set has some fine moments featuring an up beat FOTD. The second set eyes is long but for a reason. in the begining of eyes jerry breaks a string and parrish was out there for a while working on replacing it. jerry being the master jamed on 5 strings keeping eyes going untill the string was set and jerry could finish the song. anyone getting upset at the lack of jamming during eyes didnt notince what was going on onstage. i was told before the show by a friend that he was in the hotel bar where bobby was having his B day party and knowing dylan was in town weir wanted dylan to come and sit in with the dead on the 17 or 18. at first i was not buying it, but know dylan was in town for a few nights. lo and behold, even though his mic was off for most of rainy day women, it was fun to be there and the whole crowd was singing along on the chorus. the rest of the show is well played. i had a tape of this show and it was very muddy, this CD copy sounds a lot better and i'm happy with this quality. get it. you wont be sorry
Reviewer: Cnick - - July 20, 2004
Subject: Nice Set List
Good quality recording, but...

The idea of a 25 min Eyes definitely wets the appetite, but I wouldn't say it was the best of the decade - try Richfield 9 8 90, as I saw both. It was definitively the fastest Eyes played in the 90s.The Eyes sounds like a race between Jerry, Bob, and the boys in the back to get to the end of 25 minutes first. The only thing really crisp about the Eyes is Jerry enunciating the lyrics.

This show was pretty tight in the first, but became very sloppy in the start of the second. They never really get in sync in the 2nd until Watchtower- where Bob's enunciating like Dylan-and Jerry belts out a nice Morning Dew. Dylan was definitely a treat to end a sub par second set effort.

Musically, they never caught the aspirations of the set list.
Reviewer: dhs28 - - July 9, 2004
Subject: Eyes of the Decade
Perhaps the most beautiful thing I ever witnessed on that wonderful Monday evening in the Garden - 25 minutes of Eyes bliss - makes this a must have. Other strong performances - Peggy-O, Estimated, Watchtower, Morning Dew. Throw in Rainy Day Women with Dylan to top of the evening and you have one heck of a night.
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